Filipinos smile even during floods.

*This article originally appeared in the Business Mirror.

I would dare to say the Philippines have the highest number of smiles per square kilometer in the world. I could challenge any foreigner to walk down any street in the Philippines and count the number of smiles he or she sees on the faces of the people they meet.

That foreigner would come to the conclusion that Filipinos are either stone-cold crazy or they are one of the most joyful groups of people in the world. I believe that foreigner will choose the latter. Filipinos call this special state of joy—kasiyahan.